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Male Pattern Boldness
Here are TV's men of the year. Caroline Kepnes explains why the guys of ''Sex and the City,'' ''Smallville,'' and two other shows deserve our enduring love

Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum, ''Smallville'' I didn't salivate at the thought of seeing Clark Kent as a bewildered teen. But the men of ''Smallville'' -- Clark Kent (Welling) and Lex Luthor (Rosenbaum) -- have me drooling like a Pavlovian pup. When Rosenbaum's angst-ridden Lex hides behind the tinted window of his really fast car, it's part James Spader circa ''Pretty in Pink'' and part DC comics, a combination that works because these guys wince and squirm as if they really were coming into their good/evil own. Oh, and they're pretty darn hot. Stranded without Lana in the high school hallway, Clark is a man of steel, encased in a veneer of pretty-boy gloss; and his prematurely bald rival... well, don'tcha just want to give him a healing hug and tell him it's not his fault he's evil? I know I do.